What does every great defense have in common? An anchor up front in the trenches, and that’s exactly what A’Shawn Robinson served as during his tenure at Alabama where he helped lead them to a National Title this past season. Robinson is a powerful, nimble interior linemen with the perfect build who will provide a sturdy presence up front at the next level. A consensus Freshman All American, he followed that up this season, being named a consensus 1st Team All American.

Name: A’Shawn Robinson
College: Alabama
Size: 6’4”/312
Class: Junior
Projection: Top 20
Comparison: John Henderson

Strengths

  • Brute power & strength
  • Natural bull rush ability
  • Great athleticism for his size
  • Burst off the snap
  • Solid run defender
  • Frame/Build
  • Work ethic

Weaknesses

  • Inconsistent from play-to-play
  • Poor stamina
  • Needs to improve pass rush technique
  • Plays too high at times

If you were to handpick two different games of film featuring A’Shawn Robinson and watch them start to finish, you may notice completely different players in each game. Watching Robinson’s film, it was easy to identify the inconsistencies in his game. His numbers even resemble that as he went from 5.5 sacks during his freshman year, only to drop a donut in that stat category the next season. If you watched Robinson in the SEC Championship game against Florida compared to his dominant performance against Leonard Fournette and LSU, you wouldn’t believe the two are one of the same. Even during games he’ll display inconsistency from play-to-play.

With his inconsistencies aside, Robinson is a great talent in the first round. He has natural ability that should translate quick at the next level. He has ideal the ideal size and build for defensive linemen in today’s game – this without sacrificing his athleticism. Despite his size, Robinson still possesses tremendous athleticism, which is still improving as he has dropped weight – this also leads me to note a positive work ethic which is a great asset for a player who still needs some work.

By far the best area of Robinson’s game is his impenetrable strength and power which gives him great ability as a bull rusher. While that helps him in pass rushing at times, he really needs to refine his technique and add more to his repertoire – he gets caught with his hands too high at times. With his splash plays in pass rushing, Robinson is a well-rounded player as he offers great help in run defense as a force at the line of scrimmage and a menace in the backfield. He has quick instincts and a great burst off the line of scrimmage.

With Robinson, teams will remember more of the good than that the bad when it comes to evaluating him as a possible pick to their team – mostly because of his natural talent and ability. If he can prove to play at a more consistent level, he’ll be a force at the next level. I don’t think he can be trusted as a 3-down player based on his conditioning and stamina issues, but if he continues to work he’ll have no issues down the line. I’m pretty high on Robinson and he cracks the top 20 in my Big Board.

About The Author Jonathan Valencia

Jonathan has been investing his time in sports writing for the past decade. Breaking Football's lead writer covers anything from the NFL Draft to providing fantasy football insight. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore. Follow him on Twitter @JonValencia_WiB to talk anything football.